5/05/2017

Grace City Retreat


This week is Golden Week, a big holiday in Japan at the beginning of May. We are in the mountains of Karuizawa for a church retreat! Camp fires, long hikes, and inoshishi (Japanese wild boar)...


4/16/2017

Hip Hop

My son Aidan (age 13) has been part of a hip hop ministry for about one year now, led by OMF missionary JP Carvalho. Here is a video of Aidan and JP dancing in front of a crowd in Yokohama.




Aidan also danced with a larger group at New Hope Tokyo on Easter Sunday. Can you find him in the mix?

Sunday Easter Dance Celebration New Hope Tokyo 2017 from OMF Japan LINK & Performing Arts on Vimeo.

4/14/2017

Koto & Grace City

On Good Friday, April 14, 2017, Chieko Ozawa played the koto, a traditional Japanese harp, at Grace City Church Tokyo. Later, I joined on the organ, making a unique ensemble that was quite powerful!



Our seven-year-old son Coen is taking lessons from Ozawa-sensei. The next video shows an introduction and congregational accompaniment by the koto of the hymn "O Sacred Head Now Wounded."

12/15/2016

Art Conference 2017 - First Meeting!

 
A gathering in our apartment to talk about the "BROKEN" arts conference two months ago and come up with ideas for next year. What should the theme be? Who should the speakers be? What artwork should be displayed? (Looks like we're going to have a live tea ceremony!) I loved seeing everyone so engaged! These conferences have truly moved beyond me to become community led.

12/01/2016

"BROKEN" Arts Conference

Our arts conference on October 15, 2016 was a success in so many ways! 183 people from the community came. The talks, performances, and pieces affected people deeply. People are still talking about it two months later. We are looking forward to next year's conference in October!